Exhibition Opening – Zhang Chi: Extra (Ordinary)

Exhibition Opening – Zhang Chi: Extra (Ordinary)

Small Gallery is delighted to present the debut solo exhibition of artist Zhang Chi. The opening includes the artist's guided tour within the gallery space.

With a diverse body of work spanning watercolour landscapes, sculpture and Chinese calligraphy, Zhang Chi’s art practice carries with it a sense of incompleteness and shows us that the most extraordinary details paradoxically emerge in the ordinary. A cloud, a cup of afternoon tea and a street corner: these quotidian, seemingly insignificant fragments of everyday life are elevated into something transcendent, whispering to us. For this exhibition, calligraphic imagination takes root in the most unexpected corners of Small Gallery, putting into play the relations between visibility and invisibility, between exhibition and non-exhibition spaces, and between art creation and curation. The opening includes the artist's guided tour within the gallery space. Please R.S.V.P. via Eventbrite if you want to attend the opening. Schedule 13 April 2024 (Saturday) 2:30 pm door opens 3:00 pm - 3: 45 pm artist's guided tour 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm reception About the Artist Zhang Chi is a Scotland-based political scientist and artist. She is particularly intrigued by the artistic forms of political communication. Zhang Chi has been trained as a calligraphy artist since her early childhood. The dance of the brush and lines resonated with her analytical mind throughout her doctoral education in the UK. During her time as a doctoral student, she also completed short courses at the Royal Academy of Art and Leeds Arts University (formerly known as Leeds College of Art). She became addicted to watercolour where her creativity found a medium to express itself. Her work captures the fleeting moments of serendipity, to converse with the ephemeral using each stroke and wash of colour, to discern the extraordinary within the ordinary. Employing a deliberately restrained palette, she seeks to distil her emotions in a quiet celebration of solitude. About Small Gallery 斯磨畫廊 A 1920s semi-detached period house transformed into a gallery, Small Gallery is a not-for-project experimental art space in North London. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Small Gallery stands out in London's vibrant gallery scene for its close ties to top-tier art historians and museum curators, especially in the Asian art circle. Small Gallery is named as such not only because it is literally small but also because 'small' sounds like sīmó 斯磨, meaning 'intimate' in Chinese. It represents a close working relationship, an alternative to the commercial model of mainstream galleries, and an effort to decolonise the contemporary practices of exhibition and display. Small Gallery is only a three-minute walk from Totteridge & Whetstone Station. Visit by appointment only, or book a free place for our opening event. Acknowledgement Small Gallery gratefully acknowledges the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) which generously funds the exhibition and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London for institutional support.



13 Apr 2024 - 18 Aug 2024

By appointment only

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